Minister English visits Briody Group and highlights their innovation and enterprise

Action Plan for Jobs, Business, Innovation, Jobs, Meath, Oldcastle

Friday, 10th March 2017

Oldcastle group employs 90 full time people across it’s 3 businesses
Minister for Housing and Urban Renewal and Meath West Fine Gael T.D. Damien English paid a recent visit to the Briody Group of companies in Oldcastle. He was joined on his visit by 5th and 6th students of the local St. Fiach’s National School.
Speaking about his visit, Minister English said: “Any company based in rural Ireland, like the Briody Group, that can withstand the hardship of the 80’s and the more recent crash is a success story in itself. But they have not rested on their previous successes, they continue to innovative to ensure they are shaping new thinking and new developments in their sector, rather than reacting to them. Their work with St. Fiach’s National School locally will help to foster a whole new generation of innovators and entrepeneurs, as well as showing young people that you can make a life and step up a business in rural Ireland”
The Briody Group consist of Briody Bedding Ltd, Bona Vista Ltd and Deerpark Ltd. They have been in business for 40 years manufacturing bedroom furniture, mattresses, divan bases and upholstered headboards. Across the 3 businesses they employ 90 people on a full time basis. The company was founded by the late Benny and his wife Brid in 1976 and their legacy is continued by their four children Bridget, Martin, Brendan and David. In 2015 they were awarded Bedding Supplier of the Year by Harvey Norman, Briody Bedding Ltd were named Best Small-Medium Enterprise at the Meath Business and Tourism Awards 2016 and Briody Bedding Ltd have again been recognised by being included as a finalist in the upcoming Small Firms Association awards in March.
On their tour the 5th and 6th class students took in the whole process from production to dispatch, as well as the administration side of things. The pupils were then invited to submit product designs, Dragon’s Den style, to the product development team.

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